S: Country Roads of Italy and Sicily - 2010
FC: Country Roads of Southern Italy and Sicily
1: Country Roads of Southern Italy and Sicily August 27-September 9, 2010 | Rome
2: The Road to Alberobello Sunday, August 29 | Grapevines covered to protect from hail | Windmill farms
3: Alberobello is a small town in the heart of the Trulli region. Named a UNESCO World Heritage site, the trulli in Alberobello were built in the 16th and 17th century. Some are currently occupied, but the exterior must remain as it was originally built from local limestone stacked without using mortar. | Alberobello
4: Sunday, August 29
6: The Road to Matera
8: Monday, August 30
10: An updated, inhabited Sassi home, complete with TV antenna
11: A tasting of local fare after the tour | The Italian version of iced coffee
12: Ostuni is built on top of a hill still fortified by ancient walls. With its stark, white-washed buildings, narrow cobbled streets, and arched stairways, it reflects the Arabic history of the area and looks much like an Arab town. A monument on its own, the town's largest buildings are the 15th century Cathedral and the Bishop's Palace. | Ostuni
13: Matera, perched on the edge of a deep ravine, is the site of the Sassi, or cave dwellings. From the 8th to the 13th century, the caves provided refuge for the monks from Basilicata. In the 15th century, the chapels gouged out of rock were taken over by the peasants and became their homes. More than 15,000 people lived in the Sassi until 1968 when they were forcibly relocated due to the squalid living conditions. Now, a UNESCO heritage site, the Sassi is preserved and protected and beginning to become reinhabited as the interior of the buildings are updated. Interestingly, Matera was the site of many of the scenes in the movie, Passion of the Christ. | Matera
14: From the Heel to the Toe Tuesday, August 31 | A monument to Rudolph Valentino in Castellaneta | One of the best pizzas ever!
16: The Road to Savoca Wednesday, September 1
17: Savoca | Set atop a hill in Sicily, Savoca is the rustic village chosen by Frances Ford Coppola for the movie, "The Godfather." s
19: Vitelli's Bar made famous in "The Godfather"
20: Mt. Etna is one of the world’s largest active volcanoes and the highest in Europe. It is an effusive, rather than explosive, volcano meaning that lava often erupts from the many fissures that dot its sides. | The Road to Mt. Etna
21: Mt. Etna | Lunch of arancini, stuffed fried rice balls, atop Mt. Etna
22: Taormina Thursday, September 2 | Taormina, founded in 400 BC, overlooks the sea and the peak of Mt. Etna. It is a modern, elegant, beautiful vacation spot.
24: The Palazzo Corvaia, 14th century AD and the Greek Theater, 3rd century BC
26: The Road to Agrigento Friday, September 3 | Grapevines in Sicily covered to control the time of harvest | Prickly pears, a local tasty fruit, grow wild everywhere
27: Valley of the Temples | To the south of Agrigento is the Valley of the Temples. It is one of the most impressive complexes of ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece. The Doric temples, dating from the 5th century BC were destroyed, in part, by the Carthaginians in 406 BC and later by the Christians in the 6th century AD.
28: 800 year old olive tree
29: The Road to Palermo Saturday, September 4 | Palermo
30: The Cappella Palatina, a chapel built in the 12th century during the Norman conquest, is part of the huge palace complex which now houses the regional government of Sicily. The chapel is a blend of Byzantine, Islamic, and Norman styles of craftsmanship, lavishly adorned with mosaics, as well as marble inlaid with gold, stone, and glass. | Cappella Palatina
32: Monreale | Monreale Cathedral, founded in the 12th century, glitters with gold and glass mosaics that cover 17 times the area of the mosaics in the Cappella Palatina.
33: Palermo Cathedral
34: Cefalu Sunday, September 5 | Cefalu is a beautiful, unspoiled seaside town in northern Sicily. It is noted for its beaches and the cathedral which was built in the 12th century. As one of the finest Norman cathedrals in Sicily, its mosaics feature a huge image of Christ in the apse, remarkable as a purely Byzantine work of art on Sicily.
36: Definitely, country roads!!
37: Afternoon lunch at a farmhouse | Lemoncello, olives, and figs. Ah, Italy!!
38: The Ferry | Sicily to Naples
40: The Streets of Naples Monday, September 6
42: The Amalfi Coast
44: Sorrento | Notice the vines clinging to the wall behind Fred. These are caper plants that grow wild on walls all over southern Italy.
45: Pompei | Tuesday, September 7
46: The phallic symbol in the street points to the brothels. Pictures inside depict the services that are available. | Raised stones in the street allow citizens to cross and avoid the waste and water in the street. Spaces between let chariots use the street.
47: Bakery | Wine Bar
48: Isle of Capri | The funicular to Capri Town
49: Waiting for an ATM | Convertible taxis with a sunshade
50: Rome | Wednesday, September 6
51: Basilica of St. Peter
52: The Streets of Rome Graffiti everywhere!
54: Rome | Alberobello | Giardini Naxos | Agrigento
55: Palermo | Sorrento